BMW’s new X3 has been spied undergoing winter testing in Sweden.
The pictures show the car in more detail than ever before, confirming that the new BMW X3 is far bigger and bulkier than the current model.
The BMW X1 has, in effect, replaced the current X3, so the new X3 will grow in size to fit between the X1 and X5. Our spies have previously told us it has similar proportions to those of a Range Rover Sport.
The next 3-series is lending its architecture to the X3, which should only be available with four-wheel drive. Its wheelbase will be around 2900mm. The increase in dimensions will help answer one of the biggest criticisms of the original X3: its lack of rear seat legroom and poor access to the back seats.
The controversial “flame surfacing” styling of the old X3 is absent, replaced with more conservative bodywork. The model will be produced in BMW’s Spartanburg plant in America, alongside the X5 and X6.